High Fidelity

Year: 2000
Production Co: New Crime Productions
Studio: Working Title
Director: Stephen Frears
Producer: Tim Bevan
Writer: Nick Hornby/John Cusack
Cast: John Cusack, Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta Jones
I wonder what Nick Hornby thought of an American studio buying up one of his very British urban man novels and relocating it to the US?

He might not have minded too much when he saw Frears' rendition of the end result, which retains most of the indie cred you hope it has.

Hapless slacker and vinyl record store owner Cusack is lovelorn, so as well as endlessly cataloguing his thousands of vinyl albums, he obsesses over break-ups past and present and has to try and identify the behaviour that keeps driving the women in his life away.

Aided by employees and sidekicks Dick and Barry (Black), he plumbs the depthsof his consciousness and conscience through many direct-to-cmarea dialogue and similarly edgy devices to make a cool, cynical but sweet comedy.

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